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Authentic Leadership

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Presentation by PACTS at Regenesys Business School - Authentic Leadership Dialogue Circle (August 2008)

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Authentic Leadership

  1. 1. Authentic Leadership Dialogue Circle MaRi Eagar Technologies of Self towards Authentic Leadership 21 August 2008 Leadership is authentic self-expression that adds value to your self and others (Kevin Cashman) PACTS© 2009
  2. 2. Journey today <ul><li>Format: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Insight from each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collective group wisdom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facilitator role: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions to stimulate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collecting of wisdom </li></ul></ul>PACTS© 2009
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  4. 4. <ul><li>What does “authenticic leadership” mean to you? </li></ul>PACTS© 2009
  5. 5. What is authenticity? <ul><li>Authenticity is a technical term in existentialist philosophy , and is also used in the philosophy of art and psychology . </li></ul><ul><li>In philosophy, the conscious self is seen as coming to terms with being in a material world and with encountering external forces, pressures and influences which are very different from, and other than, itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one's own personality, spirit, or character, despite these pressures. </li></ul><ul><li>Greek origin: “Author” </li></ul>PACTS© 2009
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  7. 7. What if you are think you are driving these…
  8. 8. … or this?
  9. 9. But actuallly your car is…. … ..what is the owner’s manual for driving such a car?…
  10. 10. <ul><li>Without your </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Memories </li></ul><ul><li>Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>what does personal mastery mean? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Personal mastery to authentic leadership Activating event (reality) Response authentic? OUTPUT Internal reality Individual (self) External Reality External Reality Worldviews perceptions thoughts, feelings associations memories Activating event INPUT Consequence PACTS© 2009
  12. 12. <ul><li>It is more difficult to renounce your worldview and beliefs than what it is to renounce your wordly possessions or your family or your house or….. </li></ul>PACTS© 2009
  13. 13. <ul><li>Awareness without commitment and action is an empty promise… </li></ul>
  14. 14. Technologies of Self <ul><li>Technologies of the self (also called care of the self or practices of the self [1] ) are what Michel Foucault calls the methods and techniques (&quot;tools&quot;) through which human beings constitute themselves. Foucault argued that we as subjects are perpetually engaged in processes whereby we define and produce our own ethical self-understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>According to Foucault, technologies of the self are the forms of knowledge and strategies that “permit individuals to effect by their own means or with the help of others a certain number of operations on their own bodies and souls, thoughts, conduct, and way of being, so as to transform themselves in order to attain a certain state of happiness, purity, wisdom, perfection, or immortality.” [1] </li></ul><ul><li>(Wikipedia, 15 August 2008) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Technologies of speech <ul><li>Steven Pinker : We negotiate our social arrangements through language </li></ul><ul><li>(http://www.abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2008/2334232.htm#transcript) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Silence <ul><li>“ Real communication [with yourself] can take place only when there is silence. </li></ul><ul><li>But there is also more in this silence that goes beyond opening the heart and seeing “from inside” </li></ul><ul><li>In that special silence you can hear, or see, or get a sense of something that wants to happen that you wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise.” </li></ul><ul><li>It is an active listening, not a passive silence </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Senge in Presence: Human purpose and the field of the future (2004) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Final thoughts on the journey of authentic leadership
  18. 18. Thank you for sharing your wisdom! PACTS© 2009
  19. 19. MaRi Eagar 082 852 0710 [email_address] PACTS© 2009 PACTS Personal & Cultural Transformations
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